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Alnwick - Central Northumberland

White Swan Hotel AlnwickAlnwick is an historic market town whose most prominent and famous feature is the majestic Alnwick Castle, home to the Dukes of Northumberland and, in recent years, made world famous by its use in the Harry Potter film series. Another landmark with movie connections is the Swan Hotel whose main function/dining room is gloriously furnished with fittings from the White Star Line's 'Olympic' ship, sister ship to 'Titanic'. The light fittings, the wood panelling and even the marble fireplace all came directly from the 'Olympic' after it was retired and sent to a nearby breakers' yard in 1935.

Researchers for the James Cameron 'Titanic' movie studied the fittings in detail as they were identical to those installed on the 'Titanic' - eg. wood carvings were carved in duplicate for the sister ships. Just standing in the room takes one back to a different time, a different era. Alnwick also has a host of craft shops, coffee houses and restaurants as well as a lively theatre and hosts major events throughout the calendar year such as the week long Alnwick Fair and the Alnwick International Music Festival. Local suppliers of interest include Barter Books at Alnwick station.

Other places of interest within easy reach of Alnwick include:

Rothbury - Morpeth - Bamburgh - Wallington Hall - Cragside

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